2015, c'est bientôt fini, eh oui ! Comme chaque fin d'année, National Geographic propose une sélection des plus belles photos de l'année en cours. Des clichés qui reflètent au mieux la beauté de notre belle planète Terre.

  1. When Penguins Attack (Antarctique)
    This is what happens when you leave a gopro out on the sea ice The Photo was taken near Casey Station Antarctica, It was one of a series of captures by a gopro on time lapse that was set out on the ice near the site where we are running an ocean acidification experiment. We often get groups of Adelie Penguins coming to see what we are doing and this one was trying to peck the camera. I am currantly based in Antartica for the next eight months through the winter and would be happy to help with any photo's requests required for up coming publications.
    Crédits photo : Clinton Berry - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  2. All the Fish in the Sea (Mexique)
    Cabo Pulmo, Baja, Mexico. Amazing example of what a Marine Protected Area can do. The fish biomass in this reserve has bounced back and the ecosystem is returning to a healthy state.
    Crédits photo : Jeff Hester - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  3. Shining Through (Wisconsin - États-Unis)
    Taken a few days ago at the Apostle Island Ice Caves.  Part of the beauty of this place is the silence of it. You hear nothing except the occasional creaking of the ice (which can make you jump if it's right under you - lol) There were a few times  when I just stopped and enjoyed the quiet ... In this spot the only sounds were the water drops splashing. The photo was taken along the frozen shores of Lake Superior at the Apostle Islands National Lake Shore near Bayfield Wisconsin.   You can only reach the location by walking across a frozen Lake Superior, which does not happen often.  Access was limited to only 9  days this past winter.   The entire shore is beautiful,  but what drew me to this particular ice flow was how the setting sun was shining through the ice giving it a soft yellow glow. I could hear the water dripping down the flow here,  and was captivated not only by the view but the sounds.   I thought the sun through the opening would make for a nice composition.  As I was framing the shot another hiker came into view, which  helped with scale and added interest for me.   It was a quiet moment is a beautiful place.
    Crédits photo : Ernie Vater - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  4. Yellow Jellies (Palaos)
    Taken at Jellyfish Lake - a marine lake located in Eil Malk, which is part of Palau's famous Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These jellyfish populated marine basins thousands of years ago through rock fissures and gradually became isolated in an environment devoid of predators.  In the absence of predators, these jellyfish evolved into having substantially less stinging cells.
    Crédits photo : Ciemon Frank Caballes - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  5. Bioluminous Larak (Larak - Iran)
    Wikipedia : Phytoplankton are the autotrophic components of the plankton community and a key factor of oceans, seas and freshwater basin ecosystems. Most phytoplankton are too small to be individually seen with the unaided eye. However, when present in high enough numbers, some varieties may be noticeable as colored patches on the water surface due to  the presence of chlorophyll within their cells and accessory pigments such as phycobiliproteins, xanthophylls, etc.) in some species.
    Crédits photo : Pooyan Shadpoor - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  6. Dancing with the Moon (Islande)
    Last night's aurora borealis in Iceland with moonlight.
    Crédits photo : Andrew George - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  7. Cracking the Surface (Sibérie)
    This photo was taken in February 2015 on Lake Baikal. In ety photo expedition goal was to show the Baikal ice particular and unusual.
    Crédits photo : Alexey Trofimov - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  8. The Village (Hongrie)
    Crédits photo : Gabor Dvornik - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  9. Against the Wind (Québec -Canada)
    Crédits photo : Dominic Roy - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  10. Mother of the Forest (Madagascar)
    These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old, and are locally known as ëmother of the forestí. The baobab forms a micro ecosystem of its own, supporting life for both animals and humans. Old hollow baobabs are a home to snakes, bats, bush-babies, bees, and sometimes even humans. More importantly, the tree is an important source of water. It can store up to 4,000 litres of water in its trunk. For Africa it is literally the tree of life.
    Crédits photo : Marsel van Oosten - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  11. Falls in Autumn (Croatie)
    Crédits photo : Vedrana Tafra - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
  12. Big Baby (Tonga)
    Crédits photo : Karim Ilya - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

Alors une petite préférée dans le lot ? Pour ceux qui en veulent encore plus, il y a les lauréats du concours photo de National Geographic 2015. Et ça en jette pas mal.

Source : National Geographic